Daniel Spevak is a writer for The Checking Line - Flyers Edition. This is a part of a multi-part series breaking down the potential finalists for the NHL's annual awards.
The Hart Trophy is awarded to the player deemed to be the most valuable each season.
While a lot of players fit the bill of being good and are capable of putting up statistics, only a handful fit the description of being the most valuable to their respective teams. Here are the players that have been keys to their club’s success.
Phil Kessel - Toronto Maple Leafs
Kessel has had quite the season. He’s tied for fifth in the league with 80 points, and has a career-hi...
In a battle of the Olympics’ top two goal scorers, the New York Islanders came out on top on the strength of Lubomir Visnovsky’s snap shot from the slot 1:55 into overtime.
Toronto’s Phil Kessel and the Islanders’ Michael Grabner each had five goals in Sochi to pace Men’s hockey in the Olympics, and each of these wingers factored in tonight’s offense.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are set to kick off the NHL regular season as they meet rival Montreal in an opening day showdown that should be memorable. Before all the action starts the Leafs were busy with some memorable news of their own, the club has re-signed star sniper Phil Kessel to an 8-year $64 M agreement. The deal came together rather quickly as Kessel had made it clear he did not want to negotiate during the season, leaving GM Nonis with a limited window to get the deal done.
Kessel and the Leafs were mutually excited about the deal that keeps one of the premier NHL forwards in Toronto until 2022. Kessel is a player under the microscope in Toronto more than others thanks to t...
The Toronto Maple Leafs are fresh off one of the most epic single period collapse in playoff history. With less than 11 minutes left and Toronto holding a 4-1 lead it all unravelled thanks mostly to Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron, with 2 goals in the final two minutes the Bruins tied the game and eventually won it in overtime. Despite the heartbreaking loss the Toronto Maple Leafs and the city of Toronto should hold their heads up high.
After an off season of speculation to whether the Leafs would land disgruntled Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo and not doing so, many analysts picked Toronto to finish between 12-15th in the Eastern Conference. The Leafs defied expectations and in ...
There is a saying, most often associated with old time hockey, that says, "how can you beat em on the ice if you can't beat em in the alley?" Well, the New York Islanders certainly must have felt that way tonight as they skated to a 5-3 regulation victory over the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.